神父講道 – 聖家節 (週五) (2011年12月30日)

恭讀聖路加福音 2:22-40

按梅瑟的法律,一滿了他們取潔的日期,耶穌的父母——若瑟和瑪利亞,便帶著孩子上耶路撒冷,去獻給上主,就如上主法律所吩咐的:「凡開胎首生的男性,應祝聖於上主。」並該照上主法律所吩咐的,獻上祭品:一對斑鳩或兩隻雛鴿。
那時,在耶路撒冷有一個人,名叫西默盎。這人正義虔誠,期待著以色列的安慰,而且聖神也在他身上。他曾蒙聖神啟示:自己在未看見上主的受傅者以前,決見不到死亡。
西默盎因聖神感動,進入聖殿;那時,抱著嬰孩耶穌的父母正進來,要按照法律的慣例,為耶穌行禮。西默盎就雙臂接過耶穌,讚美天主說:
「主啊!現在可照你的話,放你的僕人平安去吧!因為我親眼看見了,你在萬民前準備好的救援:為作啟示異邦的光明,你百姓以色列的榮耀。」
嬰孩耶穌的父親和母親,就驚異西默盎所說關於耶穌的這番話。
西默盎祝福了他們,又向耶穌的母親瑪利亞說:「看,這孩子已被立定,為使以色列中許多人跌倒和復興,並成為反對的記號。至於你,要有一把利劍,刺透你的心靈,為叫許多人心中的思念,顯露出來。」
又有一位女先知亞納,是阿協爾支派法奴耳的女兒,已上了年紀。她出嫁後,同丈夫住了七年,以後就守寡,直到八十四歲。她齋戒祈禱,晝夜事奉天主,總不離開聖殿。正在那時候,她也前來稱謝天主,並向所有希望耶路撒冷得到救贖的人,講論這孩子。
耶穌的父母按照上主的法律,辦完了一切,便返回加里肋亞,他們的本城納匝肋。
孩子漸漸長大而強壯,充滿智慧;天主的恩寵常在他身上。

—基督的福音。

(Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph)

A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke 2:22-40

22 And when the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 And inspired by the Spirit he came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law, 28 he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said, 29 “Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word; 30 for mine eyes have seen thy salvation 31 which thou hast prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to thy people Israel.” 33 And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him; 34 and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against 35 (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed.”
36 And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phan’u-el, of the tribe of Asher; she was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years from her virginity, 37 and as a widow till she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. 38 And coming up at that very hour she gave thanks to God, and spoke of him to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. 39 And when they had performed everything according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth. 40 And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.

—The Gospel of the Lord.

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路2:22-40 (讀經──創15:1-6;21:1-3 / 希11:8, 11-12, 17-19 詠105)
按梅瑟的法律,一滿了他們取潔的日期,耶穌的父母——若瑟和瑪利亞,便帶著孩子上耶路撒冷,去獻給上主,就如上主法律所吩咐的:「凡開胎首生的男性,應祝聖於上主。」並該照上主法律所吩咐的,獻上祭品:一對斑鳩或兩隻雛鴿。那時,在耶路撒冷有一個人,名叫西默盎。這人正義虔誠,期待著以色列的安慰,而且聖神也在他身上。他曾蒙聖神啟示:自己在未看見上主的受傅者以前,決見不到死亡。西默盎因聖神感動,進入聖殿;那時,抱著嬰孩耶穌的父母正進來,要按照法律的慣例,為耶穌行禮。西默盎
就雙臂接過耶穌,讚美天主說:「主啊!現在可照你的話,放你的僕人平安去吧!因為我親眼看見了,你在萬民前準備好的救援:為作啟示異邦的光明,你百姓以色列的榮耀。」嬰孩耶穌的父親和母親,就驚異西默盎所說關於耶穌倒和復興,並成為反對的記號。至於你,要有一把利劍,刺透你的心靈,為叫許多人心中的思念,顯露出來。」又有一位女先知亞納,是阿協爾支派法奴耳的女兒,已上了年紀。她出嫁後,同丈夫住了七年,以後就守寡,直到八十四歲。她齋戒祈禱,晝夜事奉天主,總不離開聖殿。正在那時候,她也前來稱謝天主,並向所有希望耶路撒冷得到救贖的人,講論這孩子。耶穌的父母按照上主的法律,辦完了一切,便返回加里肋亞,他們的本城納匝肋。孩子漸漸長大而強壯,充滿智慧;天主的恩寵常在他身上。

默 想

  • 耶穌就是如此走過人世間的喜、怒、哀、樂,祂自己也經驗了天主的恩寵。
  • 耶穌也只是一個平凡人,與人同甘共苦,這正正就是聖言成為血肉的愛的呈現。祂從來不是高高在上,祂活在最卑微的人群之中。
  • 新一年將至,讓我們際此喜慶節日之中,也默默細想,自己可會比一年前有進步?這裡指的是靈性上、心境上、待人處世的態度和情緒上,是否更能接近天主,即更包容、富憐憫之心、更寬容、更會感恩、更有勇氣面對自己……,更渴望親近天主?